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Who Is This Man and Why Did He Drink Strychnine?

A titanium plate in the man's leg may break the case

(Newser) - A cyclist riding in a nature area near Manchester, England, on Dec. 12 saw a man who looked to be about 70 lying on a patch of grass, as if he was resting. In truth, he was dead. In a lengthy, visually stunning BBC article, Jon Manel explores the case... More »

Weeping Robber Returns Stolen Cash to Store: Cops

New Hampshire suspect's guilty conscience apparently got to him

(Newser) - He may have robbed a Stop-N-Go, but it looks like a New Hampshire man decided to stop and turn back instead—and return the money he was said to have stolen, WMUR reports. Carlos Reyes, 46, allegedly entered the Manchester convenience store just after noon on Tuesday, armed with a... More »

Husband 'Arrested' in Murder of Concert Pianist

Natalia Strelchenko was found with fatal injuries at home

(Newser) - Police have arrested the husband of a world-renowned concert pianist after she died yesterday from severe injuries in Manchester, England. Police responded to emergency calls just after midnight "following reports that a woman had been assaulted" and found Natalia Strelchenko, 38, in need of medical attention at her home,... More »

UK Artist Fights Potholes With Penis Drawings

'Wanksy' says town now often fills potholes within 48 hours

(Newser) - He's inspired by artists such as Grayson Perry and Banksy. But instead of decorating ceramic vases or spray-painting a wall, an artist in Ramsbottom, England, is drawing attention to a town nuisance by drawing male genitalia around them. "I wanted to attract attention to the pothole[s] and make... More »

UK Scrambles Jets, Busts 1 in Bomb Threat

Flight was escorted to landing in Manchester by British Royal Air Force

(Newser) - A Qatar Airways flight has landed at Manchester Airport in the UK and a man swiftly arrested on suspicion of making a hoax bomb threat. British Royal Air Force fighter jets escorted the plane following a report from the pilot that a "possible device" was aboard, a military official... More »

Woman Hits McDonald's Drive-Thru —on a Horse

...and then things get really weird

(Newser) - If you're on horseback and desperate for a Quarter Pounder, you are out of luck. A UK woman found this out the hard way over the weekend, when she tried to ride a horse through the drive-thru at a Manchester McDonald's. The restaurant said it couldn't serve... More »

Boeing 787 Catches Fire Again, Closes London Airport

And yet another forced to make emergency landing

(Newser) - Looks like the Boeing 787's fire issues aren't entirely behind it . A parked Dreamliner, owned by Ethiopian Airlines, caught fire today at Heathrow airport, prompting a suspension of all arrivals and departures to the London airport, the BBC reports. No passengers were aboard, no injuries have been reported,... More »

'Superhero' Quits After Thugs Beat Him Up

Roger Hayhurst was known as Knight Warrior

(Newser) - A real-life superhero says he's hanging up his mask after getting beat up on the streets of Manchester, England, the Telegraph reports. Roger Hayhurst, 20, who called himself Knight Warrior, had promised "to get crime off the streets" while donning a $300 costume of black-and-blue lycra. He even... More »

11-Year-Old Flies to Rome Alone, Without a Ticket

He didn't have a passport either

(Newser) - Let's hope the terrorists never recruit Liam Corcoran. The 11-year-old managed to board a flight from Manchester, England, to Rome, Italy, yesterday, despite having neither a passport nor a boarding pass, the AP reports. Authorities are investigating the incident, which they dubbed an "extremely serious matter," and... More »

Thieves Dig 100 Feet to Steal ATM

But cash machine contained 'limited funds' at time of theft

(Newser) - Who says the work ethic is dead? Enterprising thieves in Manchester, England, dug a 100-foot-long, 4-foot-tall tunnel under a parking lot, then burrowed through 15 inches of concrete, all in order to steal an ATM machine. The scheme likely took up to six months and in the end it netted... More »

Bizarre Perry Speech Sparks Drunk Rumors

Highlight video from 'expressive' NH speech goes viral

(Newser) - Was Rick Perry pie-eyed during a speech to a conservative group in New Hampshire on Friday? In a video that has since gone viral, the candidate adopted an exuberant, jokey style and pulled a lot of funny faces, leading some commentators to believe that the Texas governor was distinctly refreshed.... More »

Lost Beethoven Piece Performed After 2 Centuries

Movement reconstructed using composer's sketches

(Newser) - After Beethoven scrapped a movement from a string quartet, it was lost to the world’s ears for two centuries. No longer: A music professor in Britain has recreated the piece using the composer’s sketches for every measure. The movement of String Quartet in G, Opus 18, No. 2... More »

London Calms, But New Riots Splinter England

Unrest hits Manchester, Nottingham

(Newser) - Looting and arson spread to several cities in central and northern England today but calm prevailed in London, where thousands of extra police officers patrolled the streets. The most serious unrest was in Manchester, which had sent 100 officers to assist in London, the Guardian reports. Hundreds of young people... More »

Airport Boots Doctor for Refusing 'Radiation Assault'

No scan, no flight, says British airport

(Newser) - An eye specialist on his way to treat child patients in Switzerland was escorted out of Britain's Manchester airport by police after refusing a full-body scan. Tony Aguirre declined the scan on both medical and ethical grounds, calling the technology a "radiation assault," reports the Daily Mail... More »

Foursquare Names World's Rudest Cities

Or at least those whose users swear a lot

(Newser) - Foursquare has been crunching numbers in its database and come up with the 20 rudest cities in the world, the Huffington Post reports. Or more precisely, the cities whose check-in tips contain the most curse words. The honor for English-speaking countries goes to Manchester, England. More »

Cops in UK's Manchester Tweeting Every Call

They want to prove workload, prevent budget cuts

(Newser) - Police in Manchester, England, have taken to Twitter to report every emergency call received in 24 hours. The experiment began at 5am today local time. The police force wants to show the British public its workload to stave off proposed budget cuts. The chief constable says the majority of calls... More »

Cops Catch Prisoner Who Cut Off Own Ear to Escape

Accomplices broke man out on way to hospital

(Newser) - British police today recaptured a man who'd cut off his own ear to escape from prison. The man, 29-year-old Michael O'Donnell of Greater Manchester, went Van Gogh on himself on May 2 while awaiting sentencing for his role in a car cloning crime ring. He was sent to the hospital,... More »

UK Terror Busts Thwarted Big Easter Attack: Cops

Investigators probing Pakistani extremists' links to al-Qaeda

(Newser) - Britain's arrest of a dozen terror suspects this week—nearly overshadowed by the public blunder and subsequent resignation of a top terror official—is believed to have foiled a major plot to bomb Easter shoppers, sources tell the Daily Telegraph. The suspects, mostly Pakistani nationals in the UK on student... More »

Alleged Facebook Stalker Found Hanged

Cops call off hunt for suspected murderer

(Newser) - A suspected murderer believed to be stalking potential victims on Facebook has been found hanged, reports the Independent. The body of George Appleton, 40, was found in a deserted building in Manchester. Police had been hunting him since his former girlfriend was found murdered and burned last week. Several women... More »

UK Cops Warn of Killer Stalking Facebook

Manhunt under way after ex-girlfriend's burned corpse is found

(Newser) - British police are hunting a suspected killer believed to have met his victim through Facebook, the Independent reports. The body of a former girlfriend of fairground worker George Appleton's was found burned in her home last week. Four more women have now come forward to say that they have been... More »

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